US Airways Aligns Policies With America West Airlines in Preparation for Proposed Merger

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — In preparation for its anticipated merger with America West Airlines, US Airways has aligned three of its policies so that the combined carrier will be better able to offer seamless service to its customers when the merger is completed. The changes being announced today are consistent with existing policies at America West and other low-cost airlines.

The following changes are scheduled to take effect Oct. 1, 2005:

* Children ages 5 to 14 who are traveling as unaccompanied minors will be
accepted by US Airways for travel only on nonstop flights. The fee for
unaccompanied minor travel will be reduced to $40.

US Airways will make an exception for unaccompanied minors with ticketed
reservations made prior to Aug. 17, 2005. They may travel on connecting
flights through Nov. 1, 2005. Reservations for unaccompanied minor
travel on connecting flights made after Aug. 17, 2005, will be honored
through Sept. 30, 2005.

* Passengers needing supplemental oxygen will no longer be able to
purchase it on US Airways flights. However, the airline is working to
implement new policies as a result of the FAA’s recent approval of
Portable Oxygen Concentrators.

* Live animals will no longer be accepted for travel as checked baggage or
cargo. US Airways will make an exception for ticketed reservations made
before Aug. 17, 2005, to carry pets as checked baggage, which will be
honored through Nov. 1, 2005. The policy change does not apply to the
transportation of service animals.

“We have made these policy changes as part of our strategy to simplify the new airline’s business while retaining service elements that are important to our customers. These changes are more in line with other low-cost competitors,” said US Airways Executive Vice President of Operations Al Crellin.

A small number of US Airways customers who already hold reservations for travel after Oct. 1, 2005, will be affected by these policy changes. In order to minimize any inconvenience, beginning today US Airways will contact all affected customers and assist them in making alternate arrangements.

US Airways currently is the nation’s seventh-largest airline, serving 183 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and the US Airways Express partner carriers operate approximately 3,400 flights per day. For more information on US Airways flight schedules and fares, visit US Airways online at http://www.usairways.com/, or call US Airways Reservations at 1-800-428-4322.

US Airways is a member of the Star Alliance, which was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer customers global reach and a smooth travel experience. The other members are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spanair, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways International, United and VARIG Brazilian Airlines. South African Airways and SWISS will be integrated during the course of the next 12 months. Overall, the member carriers offer more than 15,000 daily flights to 795 destinations in 139 countries.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain of the statements contained herein should be considered “forward- looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which reflect the current views of US Airways Group with respect to current events and financial performance. You can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “plan,” “could,” “should,” and “continue” or similar words. These forward-looking statements may also use different phrases. Such forward-looking statements are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and factors relating to the company’s operations and business environment which may cause the actual results of the company to be materially different from any future results, express or implied, by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: the ability of the company to continue as a going concern; the ability of the company to obtain and maintain any necessary financing for operations and other purposes, whether debtor-in- possession financing or other financing; the ability of the company to maintain adequate liquidity; the ability of the company to absorb escalating fuel costs; the company’s ability to obtain court approval with respect to motions in the Chapter 11 proceedings prosecuted by it from time to time; the ability of the company to develop, prosecute, confirm and consummate one or more Plans of Reorganization with respect to the Chapter 11 proceedings and to consummate all of the transactions contemplated by one or more such Plans of Reorganization or upon which consummation of such plans may be conditioned; risks associated with third parties seeking and obtaining court approval to terminate or shorten the exclusivity period for the company to propose and confirm one or more Plans of Reorganization, to appoint a Chapter 11 trustee or to convert the cases to Chapter 7 cases; the ability of the company to obtain and maintain normal terms with vendors and service providers; the company’s ability to maintain contracts that are critical to its operations; the potential adverse impact of the Chapter 11 proceedings on the company’s liquidity or results of operations; the ability of the company to operate pursuant to the terms of its financing facilities (particularly the financial covenants); the ability of the company to fund and execute its business plan during the Chapter 11 proceedings and in the context of a Plan of Reorganization and thereafter; the ability of the company to attract, motivate and/or retain key executives and associates; the ability of the company to attract and retain customers; the ability of the company to maintain satisfactory labor relations; demand for transportation in the markets in which the company operates; economic conditions; labor costs; financing availability and costs; security-related and insurance costs; competitive pressures on pricing (particularly from lower-cost competitors) and on demand (particularly from low-cost carriers and multi-carrier alliances); weather conditions; government legislation and regulation; impact of the continued military activities in Iraq; other acts of war or terrorism; and other risks and uncertainties listed from time to time in the company’s reports to the SEC. There may be other factors not identified above of which the company is not currently aware that may affect matters discussed in the forward-looking statements, and may also cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed. The company assumes no obligation to update such estimates to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting such estimates other than as required by law. Similarly, these and other factors, including the terms of any Plan of Reorganization ultimately confirmed, can affect the value of the company’s various prepetition liabilities, common stock and/or other equity securities. Accordingly, the company urges that the appropriate caution be exercised with respect to existing and future investments in any of these liabilities and/or securities.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT

In connection with the proposed merger transaction, America West Holdings and US Airways Group have filed a Registration Statement on Form S-4 and other documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Registration No. 333- 126162) containing a preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed transaction. The proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed to stockholders of America West Holdings after the registration statement is declared effective by the SEC. WE URGE INVESTORS TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER RELATED MATERIALS CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and proxy statement (when available) as well as other filed documents containing information about US Airways Group and America West Holdings at http://www.sec.gov/, the SEC’s Web site. Free copies of America West Holdings’ SEC filings are also available on America West Holdings’ Web site at http://www.shareholder.com/americawest/edgar.cfm, or by request to Investor Relations, America West Holdings Corporation, 111 West Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, Arizona 85281. Free copies of US Airways Group’s SEC filings are also available on US Airways Group’s Web site at http://investor.usairways.com/edgar.cfm or by request to Investor Relations, US Airways Group, Inc., 2345 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22227. This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there by any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION

America West Holdings, US Airways Group and their respective executive officers and directors may be deemed, under SEC rules, to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from America West Holdings’ stockholders with respect to the proposed transaction. Information regarding the officers and directors of America West Holdings is included in its definitive proxy statement for its 2005 Annual Meeting filed with the SEC on April 15, 2005. Information regarding the officers and directors of US Airways Group is included in its 2004 Annual Report filed with the SEC on Form 10-K on March 1, 2005. More detailed information regarding the identity of potential participants, and their interests in the solicitation, will be set forth in the registration statement and proxy statement and other materials to be filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.

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